"God Bless America, land that I love. Stand beside her, and guide her duh duduh, duh duduh, duh duduh! Stand beside her, and guide her, do duhdoo, do duhdoo, do duhdoo!"
Why do we sing this song at baseball games?
For whatever reason, during the seventh inning of every baseball game since 9/11/2001, some fire chief or random American Idol reject gets on the mic in every ball park from Seattle to Miami (not sure about Canada yet), and sings one of the oddest choices of "Hooray America" songs ever. I don't know, I may have heard it once in Kindergarten, or played it on one of those little plastic flutes during music hour in 3rd grade.
Seriously, the song's a little childish, and almost feels like were patronizing ourselves when the P.A. announcer makes everyone stand up in his serious voice to hear some obese opera singer tenor, belt out the words to the song with the bouncy-ball sing-a-long on the jumbotron at baseball games.
The truth is, no one knows the words, we already sang the National Anthem, 24% of the players are foreign-born and this whole uber-nationalistic propaganda feels too painfully forced to even be taken seriously.
And honestly, what is more American than "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"?
Effective immediately, I have begun a silent protest of the singing of "God Bless America". While everyone stands like sheep, I will sit in protest, and I ask you to find the reason and the courage to join me.